Thank You, Veterans!

I am back in Lawrence after two great days at the National Veterans Small Business Engagement in Pittsburgh.  I led three Learning Sessions at the NVSBE: the first on SDVOSB joint venturing and teaming, the second on the SBA’s proposed new “universal” mentor-protege program, and the third on the ins and outs of the non-manufacturer rule.

Thank you to all of the veterans, government representatives, and others who attended the sessions–the rooms were packed and the audiences were very engaged.  And thank you, as well, to the organizers of this great annual event, who kindly invited me to speak even though the VA and I don’t exactly see eye to eye on the Kingdomware case.

If you weren’t able to attend my sessions at the NVSBE, I am happy to send you a copy of the slides–just contact me.

Thank You, APTAC!

I am back in Lawrence after a great trip to Washington, DC, where I spoke at the Association of Procurement Assistance Centers Fall Conference.  My talk was originally supposed to focus on the November 9 oral arguments in the Kingdomware SDVOSB case, but that didn’t exactly go as planned.  So in addition to an update on Kingdomware, I also discussed the VA’s proposed overhaul of its SDVOSB program regulations, as well as the latest news on the women-owned small business program.

It was great to see so many familiar faces and have the chance to talk to so many PTAC counselors.  A big thank you to Becky Peterson, Chuck Spence, Chuck Schadl, Jason Porch, and the rest of the APTAC leadership for inviting me to speak, and thank you to all the PTAC-ers who got up bright and early to attend my 7:30 a.m. presentation.  As always, you were a fantastic audience.

If you are a small business, you may be surprised at the many ways that your local PTAC can help you–usually free of charge.  Visit the APTAC website to get started.  As for me, I only have a couple days at home before I hit the road again, this time for the National Veterans Small Business Engagement in Pittsburgh.  If you will be at NVSBE 2015, I hope you’ll check out my Learning Sessions.

Announcing Koprince Law’s New YouTube Channel

I am pleased to announce a new way to get the latest legal news and notes on government contracting issues.  Today, Koprince Law LLC has launched a YouTube channel, where we will regularly post new videos on important and interesting government contracting issues.

You don’t need to have a lot of extra time on your hands: our typical video update is around five minutes long and covers a single topic.  We will occasionally post lengthier “seminar-style” overviews of key topics, as well.

So what are you waiting for?  If you’re ready for more government contracts news (or you just want to check out my spiffy Kansas Jayhawks tie), head on over to the Koprince Law LLC YouTube channel, and be sure to check back every week for new videos.

Thank you, Philly!

While Steve was in Salt Lake City, I had the pleasure of participating in the 2015 Veteran Business Training and Outreach Conference in the Philadelphia area. I enjoyed presenting the latest on the Kingdomware case.

Many thanks to the attendees—your questions and perspectives about Kingdomware were very insightful. If you attended the Conference, I’d enjoy hearing from you.

Thanks also to Clyde Stoltzfus for his work organizing the Conference, and to the Pennsylvania SBDC and the Southeast and Delaware PTACs for hosting. It was a wonderful event!

Thank You, Utah!

I am back in Kansas after a great trip to Salt Lake City, where I spoke at the 10th Annual PTAC Procurement Symposium.  My presentation covered important new developments in government contracting, including the SBA’s proposed new “universal” mentor-protege program, the new WOSB sole source authority, and more.

Many thanks to Fred Lange, Chuck Spence, and their team at the Utah PTAC for inviting me to speak.  Thanks also to all of those who attended the conference and made this such a great event.

I will be here in Lawrence for a few weeks, and then it is on to Washington, DC, where I will be sitting in on Supreme Court oral arguments in the Kingdomware SDVOSB/VOSB case and speaking on Kingdomware and other timely government contracting topics at the APTAC Fall Conference.

$0.00 Fixed Price: My Interview With Francis Rose

Can an offeror be awarded a fixed-price contract with a winning bid of $0.00?  Under the right circumstances, the answer is “yes,” as demonstrated in a recent GAO bid protest decision.

Last week, I joined Francis Rose to discuss the “zero dollar winning bidder,” as well as a troubling case in which an agency’s evaluation of proposals was upheld, even though the source selection authority used a “cut and paste” template from a different evaluation.

Click here to listen to my full interview, and be sure to check out In Depth With Francis Rose weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern, on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. metro area and online everywhere.

Thank You, Indian Country!

I am back in Kansas after spending two days at the Indian Country Business Summit in Norman, Oklahoma.  My presentation at the conference addressed recent legal developments in government contracting–and if you have been following SmallGovCon, you know there are a lot of big changes happening.

Many thanks to all of the sponsors and organizers for putting together the event and inviting me to speak.  A big thank you, as well, to all of those who attended the conference (attendance was up significantly over last year) and made this such a great event.

If you are in the Midwest but missed the ICBS, you can catch me in Overland Park on September 18, when I will give a seminar on commercial acquisitions and negotiated procurements.  I hope to see you there!